Europe

The Sound of Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, Austria; it’s hills are alive with the sound of Mozart?! However, what if your ears are not finely turned to the sound of the Piano Concerto No.24, and you’d rather say ‘so long, farewell’ to the Sound of Music? Is a trip to the city which sits on the border of Germany, by the Eastern Alps worth a visit? I’d say yes. Whether or...

Affordable stays at the Spar Hotel, Marjona, Gothenburg

It can come as no surprise that when visiting any of the Nordic countries, that a trip of any length will be costly. I found this out during trips to Norway and Denmark, when you won’t get much change from a £20 note for lunch.  This can often put people off visiting.  However, it need not to.  With dramatic landscapes, trendy cities, a great history, and...

Why you should visit Berchtesgaden, Germany

Sometimes, it’s not the places that are well known and popular that make an impression on you. It’s the lesser known spots; which you may not have heard of that leave you speechless and wanting to stay there forever.  That’s what happened when I stayed in Berchtesgaden, Germany; a small town on the border of Austria.  My reason for going there was...

Munich; more than Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is the World’s largest Volksfest (Beer Festival), held in Munich, Germany, and it is currently  in its final week of celebrations. Every year Millions of people flock to the Capital of Bavaria to drink Beer, join in with the folk celebrations and fairground attractions. It is a festival now replicated all over the World from Brisbane to Brighton and...

Staying on the edge of the largest indoor Rainforest at YHA Eden Project, Cornwall

The Eden Project is an Educational Charity, which opened in May 2000 with the aim to connect people with plants. It houses the largest indoor Rainforest in the Country, with two giant Biomes, exhibiting plant life from both the tropics, and the Mediterranean, a rainforest Canopy Walkway, as well as incredible well maintained gardens, sculptures and ‘the core’ which...

Where I stayed in Prague: Park Inn Hotel

Prague, the capital of Czech Republic is a popular weekend city break, and after spending 5 days there myself, I can see why. It’s historic old town square, delightfully colourful buildings, friendly locals and tasty food, make it a loveable city. Many people will flock to Prague for the obligatory hen/stag weekend, and so as well as the colourful buildings...

A view from Hilter’s hideout at Eagles Nest, Berchtesgaden, Germany

When we learnt about World War II and the schemes of Adolf Hilter; the picture that was painted was that of  a country taken over by a cruel dictator. A picture of concentration camps, families spilt up and radicalisation. What we didn’t get much of an insight into was who Aldof Hilter was as a person, his background, why he did what he did, and where he did it...

Staying in the Bavarian Hills at the Best Western Plus, Rehlegg Hotel

I opened the curtains, and stepped out onto the balcony. I stopped, and observed. I smelt the countryside air, listened to the birds sing, and just marvelled at the mountains. Was I dreaming? No, but I felt like I could be; having been in the busy city of Munich, just one day previously. The Best Western Plus, Rehlegg Hotel, was a 2 night stay, in my 6 day trip in...

What to do for a weekend in Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Netherlands is one of most liberal and socially progressive countries in the World; 4th after New Zealand, Switzerland and Iceland. Its liberal laws are often a source of delight for many travellers to the country; hey you can get stoned, and the police won’t care. Before I travelled to the Netherlands, a lot of my friends shared their wild stories of times...

Three architectural gems in Rotterdam, Netherlands

“This could be Rotterdam or anywhere Liverpool or Rome ‘Cause Rotterdam is anywhere Anywhere alone.” There are never truer lyrics than these ones, by The Beautiful South, as I arrived into Rotterdam in the evening, leaving the very next morning. That of course was not the plan (as it never is with my travels). The plan was to have most of an...

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